Celebrex is used to treat arthritis and relieve pain, and grew in popularity while its main competitor, Vioxx, underwent investigation due to safety concerns.
What is Celebrex?
Celebrex is in the same COX-2 inhibitor class as Vioxx, which was eventually recalled after it was linked to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Celebrex came under scrutiny for the same concerns shortly after. On December 17, 2004, the FDA announced it was discontinuing the use of Celebrex in a clinical trial after it was also found to increase heart attack risk among users.
Some other symptoms of Celebrex use include (but are not limted to):
- Severe allergic reactions
- Black or bloody stool
- Change in the amount and the darkening of urine
- Chest pain
- Confusion and depression
- Accelerated or irregular heartbeat
- Fever, chills and persistent sore throat
- Hearing loss
- Mood swings
- Numbness in limbs
- One-side weakness
- Red, swollen or peeling skin
- Persistent stomach pain or nausea
- Sudden weight gain
- Unusual bruising
- Yellowing of eyes or skin